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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18 | Joseph Loconte
The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocenceand the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been noHobbit, noLord of the Rings, noNarnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.
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Lidia
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This is my book haul from my visit to the WWI Museum and Memorial in KC. I couldn‘t walk empty handed from it and actually restrained myself and only got 2 books ☺️

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Fan_of_70
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1. See tagged book. I‘m hoping to finish it this weekend.
2. All the studying! (And I‘ll make an effort to get to church on Sunday.)
3. Yes.
4. Jack, Miranda, or Morgan
5. ❤️❤️❤️

#friyayintro

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Daisey
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Tonight I went to hear Joseph Loconte speak at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City. Since I recently listened to the audiobook, most of what he said was familiar but also still fascinating. I appreciate this perspective on how the war and their faith likely influenced both Lewis and Tolkien‘s writing. He also shared that he is working on a related documentary series, and the trailer is available at http://hobbitwardrobe.com.

#YearofTolkien

JazzFeathers Wow!!! It looks so interesting. So fine then. Staked to my #mountTBR and Tolkien mount TBR 9mo
tpixie That‘s so great you could attend!! 8mo
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Daisey
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St. Patrick‘s Day seemed an appropriate day to try the green tea matcha creme frappuccino (delicious) on my drive home while listening to this book about J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis (who was born in Ireland). I‘m revisiting this interesting book in preparation for hearing the author speak in a couple weeks.

#audiobook #nonfiction #reread

JazzFeathers I am so envious!!! I remember you saying this is a good one. I must try to get it before l see Tolkien's film. Though l also have Garth's book to read 😊 But hey! Tou have to tell us everything after the conference! 9mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I absolutely plan to share after I see him! I think I actually like Garth‘s book a bit better, but I also think I‘m enjoying this one more than the first time. 9mo
Daisey One more thing . . . This book is very much about the connections between these men‘s war experience, their Christian faith, and their writing. Tolkien‘s continuous faith and Lewis‘s journey back to faith are an integral part of the message about how their writing is different from much other literature written by WWI veterans. I think I appreciated that more in this reread as I‘ve also recently learned more about some of those authors mentioned. 9mo
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Daisey
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Sharing an event I just heard about in case any other Kansas City area Littens are interested. Joseph Loconte, author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War, will be speaking at the National World War I Museum on March 28, 2019. I really enjoyed the book and might even listen to it again before this event.

#JRRTolkien #YearofTolkien

JazzFeathers Can't go to the event, of course, but l can definitely stake the book! 10mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I‘m looking forward to it! I don‘t get to go to nearly as many book related events as I would like to. 10mo
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Fan_of_70
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It always blows my mind that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis knew each other!

Suet624 Yes, I love that. 10mo
rather_be_reading i love chipotle! 7mo
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Savedbygrace
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Letting my family socialize while I wait in the car with my latest audio book 😉

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EastWind76
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"He [Owen Barfield] persuaded [C.S.] Lewis to abandon his 'chronological snobbery,' the assumption that the dominant intellectual fashion of the day makes every mode of thought from the past either suspect or irrelevant."

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EastWind76
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Thoroughly enjoyed that last book! Surveying my bookshelves, I see that I've collected a lot of fantasy to read, but I don't want to overdose on it, so I've decided on a reading pattern (at least for now): fantasy (book or series), other fiction, non-fiction, then back to fantasy.
Anyway! Time for a non-fiction choice regifted to me by my mother-in-law (who received it from a cousin but didn't wish to read it). 😂

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Nerdfins
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She‘s in the crook of my arm. It was so hard to get this photo. #catsofitsy

MelissaSue81 Awwwww!! 1y
TheBookKeepers Precious!! I have a black kitty too & he‘s so hard to photograph!! Just looks like a black blob most of the time! 😂 1y
Nerdfins @TheBookKeepers And if you try to select the kitty for it to focus more on her, you end up looking like a ghost as the photo lightens. Yeah there aren‘t many selfies of me with Luna. 👻 1y
TheBookKeepers Hahaha yes!!! Exactly!!! 1y
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Nerdfins
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I misplaced my copy of Practical Magic, so now I‘m reading this until I find it. #catsoflitsy

Reecaspieces I hate it when that happens 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Nerdfins @Reecaspieces I even looked through one of the garbage bags we had in the kitchen, where the book was seen last. It was not pleasant and I am still book-less. 1y
Reecaspieces @Nerdfins check under the couch 🛋 1y
Nerdfins @Reecaspieces I feel like I‘ve turned my house inside out. 😩 1y
Reecaspieces @Nerdfins now it‘s time for a last resort...buy another one! 😂 1y
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Pickpick

Loconte‘s book may not have the erudition of a Tom Shippey or a John Rateliff, but This book may be my favorite work on Tolkien. It is a slim book with a tight focus. Loconte zeroes in on their experiences in WWI and especially their reaction—a reaction at odds with that of the European literati, but one much more meaningful & lasting. https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/tolkien-101-hobbit-ward...

Daisey I enjoyed this when I listened to it, but I think I need to revisit since I‘ve been reading so much Tolkien lately. 1y
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TuesdayReviews

“For all the accusations of ‘medieval escapism,‘ Tolkien comes closer to capturing the tragedy of the human condition than any postmodern cynic.”

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
TuesdayReviews Thanks! 2y
jfalkens Welcome to Litsy and happy reading 😊🎊📚🎉📖🤓 2y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 2y
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Pickpick

An absolutely brilliant book. I listened to it, but I‘m definitely going to get a physical copy to add to my collection.

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Jen2
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Pickpick

Great book!!!

BookDame You should check “The Inklins” it‘s about the same theme as well. 2y
Jen2 I will thank you! 2y
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Purpleness
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Perhaps, in a sense, Tolkien has written a kind of war diary after all

emilyesears This sounds like a fabulous book! 2y
jmtrivera Ooh, this one awaits on my Kindle. Thanks for the sneak peek! 2y
Purpleness @emilyesears It was a fabulous book. @jmtrivera You‘re welcome. Hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Purpleness
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Is it not plain that we must call them simply Human?

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Purpleness
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It‘s been a little while since I read a book about books, so I‘m enjoying reading about Tolkien and Lewis.

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BookishJess
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#MyHero #90sinJuly

For today's prompt I first thought of Frodo and Sam. Because there are many kinds of heroes & because "small" people can make big differences.

From the tagged book: "Explained Tolkien: 'The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination—not the small reach of their courage or latent power.'"

Cinfhen Well done 😀💗👍🏻 2y
BookishJess @Cinfhen Thanks! 😁 2y
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BookishJess
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Pickpick

A great and informing read about how WWI, their faith, and their friendship shaped Lewis and Tolkien's works. I didn't know a lot about WWI going into this book but those who do may find themselves bored. Interesting but I found myself wanting to know more than was offered about Lewis and Tolkien's friendship and how their faith influenced their writing.

Reading this makes me want to reread LOTR and Narnia now 💕

CrowCAH Two great authors and series! ❤️ 2y
BookishJess @CrowCAH Yes! ❤️ And I love they created them together! 2y
Mommamanzi I just bought this for my dad. So excited! 2y
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BookishJess

“The unpayable debt” he owed to Lewis, he said, was his “sheer encouragement”—over many years—to keep on. “He was for long my only audience,” Tolkien explained. “Only from him did I ever get the idea that my ‘stuff‘ could be more than a private hobby. But for his interest and unceasing eagerness for more I should never have brought The L. of the R. to a conclusion.”

And we all thank you, Lewis ❤️

monkeygirlsmama I had no idea they were friends. 2y
BookishJess @monkeygirlsmama I had known they were in a writing group together before reading this but I didn't realize how close of friends they actually were. Lewis is the reason Tolkien finished LOTR and Tolkien played a large part in Lewis's conversion to Christianity. 2y
monkeygirlsmama Doesn't sound, right off, like my usual cup of tea, yet it does sound like a very interesting book. 2y
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BookishJess

"Tolkien‘s view was exactly the opposite: myths did not originate with man, but with God. They are his means of communicating at least a portion of his truth to the world. Because men and women come from God, Tolkien argued, their highest ideals and longings come from him as well. It is not only man‘s abstract reasoning, but also his imaginative inventions that find their origin in God. As such, they suggest an aspect of divine truth."

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BookishJess
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#riotgrams #day5 #somethingmagical
I started the tagged book today and it's really making me want to reread both of these fantasy classics. 🐉🦁

MinDea I like that copy of LOTR. Is that a flexicover? 3y
BookishJess @MinDea Yes, it's the deluxe edition that has the trilogy all in one. 3y
MinDea Oooohhhhh! I want! Now I am on the hunt for it! 😁📚 3y
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Daisey I really enjoyed that book about Tolkien and Lewis, and I had the same reaction! 3y
BookishJess @Daisey It is so interesting and I'm learning so much from it! Totally makes me see their stories in a different light so far. 3y
BookishJess @MinDea I got it from Barnes and Noble and it looks like they still sell it 😁 3y
MinDea Thanks! Will have to check for it on my next B&N trip! 3y
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book. I love the writings of both Tolkien and Lewis even taking several classes about finding the hidden symbols within their writings. I found the historical analysis of their motivations interesting; this book expanded my knowledge. It was well-written and organized flowing almost like a story. I loved the focus at the end of book on rethinking life.

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AmyAgentBor
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If you turn hell upsidedown, you'll find 'made in Germany' stamped on the bottom. Billy Sunday.

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After the war, Tolkien and Lewis made their way to Oxford University, where they took up their vocations as instructors in English literature. They met for the first time in 1926, and a bond of friendship was established that would transform their lives and careers. Tolkien would play a crucial role in Lewis's conversion to Christianity, while Lewis would be the decisive voice in persuading Tolkien to complete The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

MrBook Awesome! Added! 3y
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Daisey
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This is an interesting, comparative look at the experiences of the two authors, the influences these had on their work, and the similarities in their writing. It's not quite what I was hoping for, but it is making me want to reread some of their novels with a more analytical perspective. 📖

#audiobook #nonfiction

kgriffith This would be avoid time for me to read or listen to this, as I've just re-read Narnia and read the LOtR trilogy for the first time. Thanks for the heads up! 4y
kgriffith *a good*, not avoid 😝 4y
Daisey @GlitterFemme Definitely good timing. I know LotR pretty well, but it's been a while since I read all of the Narnia books and I remember nothing from Lewis's Space Trilogy which is also discussed. 4y
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Khaleesi

"I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size)"

Ukulelebob My feet are even hairy and I live in a cave like house that's neither damp or disgusting. 4y
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Khaleesi
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"Tolkien and Lewis offer an understanding of the human story that is both tragic and hopeful: they suggest that war is a symptom of the ruin and wreckage of human life, but that it points the way to a life restored and transformed by grace". ? #Tolkien #Lewis

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Grrlbrarian
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A girl's got to have plans 😍

Beckys_Books I hope your library has a long lending period! 4y
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On the signing of the armistice that ends WWI.

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"War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would decor all, he explains. But I do not live the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend."

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